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Jharkhand: Nagpuri writer, who died amid 2nd wave of covid-19, named for Padma award (posthumous)

Ranchi: Giridhari Ram Gonjhu, former head of tribal and regional languages department of Ranchi University has been conferred Padma Shree (Posthumous) on the eve of Republic Day. President Ram Nath Kovind has announced names of 128 people for highest civilian awards namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree.

Former general of the army, Bipin Rawat, who died of plane crash last year, is among the four conferred Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Three other names include Prabha Atre (arts) from Maharashtra, Radheshyam Khema (posthumous) for literature and education  from UP, and Kalyan Singh (posthumous) in the field of public affairs, also from UP. Notably, Uttar Pradesh is headed for an assembly election in next few weeks.

From Jharkhand, Gonjhu is the lone recipient of the highest civilian award. However, during last April amid the peak of covid-19 pandemic, Nagpuri literature Gonjhu succumbed owing to untimely availability of bed at hospital in Ranchi. He was also battling other cormobidities.